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Old 05-07-10, 07:18 AM
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Really? They're actually impeding progress in bike design.

It seems like they should just focus on making cycling safe, but UCI just likes to piss on everything.
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Old 05-07-10, 08:11 AM
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Yes, and still no recumbents allowed?!??
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Old 05-07-10, 08:42 AM
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it's pretty similar to the strict rules in automotive racing to keep some teams (with higher budgets) from gaining an unfair advantage.
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IMO, give them a few different categories.

classic - upright
limited - as long as it's upright and does not have fairings
unlimited - recumbent
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Originally Posted by scr660 View Post
[url] They're actually impeding progress in bike design.

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You do realize we'd be racing fully faired recumbents if the officials hadn't impeded "progress" in bike design? There have to be some lines drown somewhere.
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The UCI should just tell them they can only use their road bikes in stage races. Clip on bars for the TT and be done with it. It wouldn't affect the GC. The teams might be happy to save money.
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Old 05-07-10, 09:39 PM
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You do realize we'd be racing fully faired recumbents if the officials hadn't impeded "progress" in bike design? There have to be some lines drown somewhere.
some would show up with Ducatis
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We all know how these threads end up. You have group A That have no ambition to design something for the -art- of it and you have group B that, "get it".
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The UCI should just tell them they can only use their road bikes in stage races. Clip on bars for the TT and be done with it. It wouldn't affect the GC. The teams might be happy to save money.
I like that idea. Ride the same bike throughout the race.
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TECHMOLOGY what is that all about?
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The problem is you've got the built-a-better-bike thinking and the athletic-event-not-equipment-competition thinking, and those two aren't ever going to be reconciled with each other.

Simplest solution would be to just designate a specific brand, model, and components of a bike and then everyone would be on an equal footing.

Otherwise, sounds like the rules are getting overcomplicated.
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